Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow.

On reading the prompt my first thought was of canal narrowboats but I had used canals and narrowboats in a couple of posts recently so I decided to go with a different take on the challenge.

I started thinking about some of the narrow streets in some of the remaining medieval portions on some towns and cities. Which got me thinking about the city of Chester with its narrow streets and the city walls that are a mixture of Roman and Medieval construction.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

Eastgate Street looking towards Eastgate with the Eastgate Clock on top.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

This is the walkway across Eastgate and under the Eastgate Clock.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

Walk under the clock and along the wall you come to the Phoenix Tower, it stands on the northeast corner of the city walls.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future.

The prompt got me thinking about some of the natural history subjects I have photographed over the years. Butterfly eggs that will hatch into caterpillars that in the future will pupate and emerge as a butterfly for example.

After coming up with quite a few different life cycles I remembered my photos of the various stages in the development of a Common Frog (Rana temporaria). Some of them were published in a school textbook to illustrate the life cycle.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

Multiple clumps of Common Frog spawn forms a large mass in a garden pond in Cheshire, England.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

After a while the eggs in the spawn hatch into tiny tadpoles a few millimetres long. Here, three tadpoles are clustered together on an egg.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

Over the following weeks the tadpoles grow enormously, this individual is now around 30 millimetres long. It won’t be long before this tadpole starts to develop legs.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

After a while the tadpoles develop legs, their tails shrink and they emerge from the water as tiny froglets.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

An adult Common Frog at the side of the garden pond where I photographed the frog spawn and this story started.

 

I skipped a few photos in an attempt to keep the post short.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

When I read the prompt for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital I had a couple of ideas. I hadn’t decided which I was going to go with on Sunday afternoon when I was doing some table top photography.

That was when I noticed just how many brands of photo equipment used capital letters, or is that CAPITAL letters, for their logos. So a quick and dirty photo session later I have a completely different post from anything I had been considering.  In this case dirty actually means that, everything was photographed “as is” rather than being cleaned up, because that’s the way it is in real life.

My OLYMPUS OM1 from 1976.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

 

My OLYMPUS OM2N from 1981.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

 

My ARCA-SWISS B1 ball head for a tripod from the early 1990s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

 

One of my UNI-LOC tripods from the mid 1990s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

 

Fast forward a couple of decades, my DOMKE F-10 JD from last year.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Window With A View

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Window With A View.

It was the photo of a Woodpecker looking out of its nest hole in Amy’s prompt for the challenge that gave me the idea for this post. It made me think of the various species of birds I have photographed looking out of their nest holes. Then I started considering the reverse, me looking out of openings when I was photographing various species.

A house window. Actually a bedroom window of my parents house in Cheshire, England. An upstairs window got me closer to eye with this Redwing eating a Holly berry.

A Redwing in a Holly tree.

 

A vehicle window. Friend’s had this Red Fox hunting in the hay field behind their house. I parked by the side of their garage and photographed it out of the drivers door window.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Window With A View

 

An opening in a permanent wooden hide (blind). In this case, two Great Crested Grebes on a reservoir in south Cheshire, England.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes.

 

An opening in a fabric portable hide (blind). A male Common Redpoll feeding on seeds blown onto a snow drift near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Throwback Thursday: 9th January 2020

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: On Display

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: On Display.

I decided to take a sideways look at the challenge and go with a selection of birds on display to attract a mate or displaying to a potential mate.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display.

displaying Great Crested Grebes

 

A displaying male Yellow-headedBlackbird.

Yellow-headed Blackbird male displaying.

 

A male Ruddy Duck displays to a female. The bubbles in the water in front of the male are from him forcing the air out of his chest feathers by striking his chest with his bill which is part of the courtship display.

Male Ruddy Duck bubbling at female.

 

A displaying male Red-winged Blackbird.

Male Red-winged Blackbird.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold.

Here’s a selection of four cold winter shots covering the past four decades.

Frost and snow covered farmland near Audlem, Cheshire, England in the 1980s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold

 

A frozen section of marsh at dusk, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

 

A mostly frozen and snow covered Lake Huron with Chantry Island and its lighthouse, Ontario, Canada at sunset in the 2000s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold

 

A section of a frozen Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada at sunrise taken in the 2010s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold